This paper is intended to present the experiences of PDO Oman using Pumptools’ ADV valves (Automatic Diverter Valve) in ESP completed wells that have sand and solids production. Short run times were repeatedly experienced in Oman due to the sand and solids falling back on top of the pump after the ESP had been switched off or tripped. Upon restart the sand plug on top of the pump caused damage and premature failure of the ESP.

The Pumptools Patented ADV was designed from the outset to address these route cause issues which have plagued ESP users for many years. This new technology tool is designed to enhance the run time of ESPs in sandy wells. The Tool was used in several fields in Oman where sand was being produced. This paper outlines the improvements seen as a result of utilizing the Pumptools Auto Diverter Valve (ADV).

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